“It is positive to see that average new car CO2 emissions are almost 30% lower than in 2000, boosted by increasing uptake of the most efficient engine technologies, alternatively-fuelled vehicles sold by our Franchised Dealers”, said Sue Robinson, Director of the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) which represents franchised car and commercial vehicle retailers across the UK.

New cars registered last year in the UK collectively met a European target for CO2emissions, according to a new report published today by industry body SMMT.

Robinson continued,” Reduction in emissions from new cars has helped lower total CO2emissions from all the cars on the road by more than 15% over the last decade.

“Factors such as better mileage per gallon and lower vehicle excise duty have helped increase sales of low Co2 vehicles in 2013.

“The market is moving and consumers are opting for more economic cars which are cheaper to run and overall more beneficial for the environment”.

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NOTES TO EDITORS:

Rupal Rawal, Communications Assistant
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The Retail Motor Industry represents the interests of operators in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man providing sales and services to motorists and businesses. The RMI has a formal association with the independent Scottish Motor Trade Association which represents the retail motor industry in Scotland.